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Landon Milbourne has taken his game to another level this year

The Flaming Lips’ film, Christmas On Mars, is warped beyond belief






Hot sandwich line in Diner closes $2.4M to ‘The New Yorker’ will reopen in spring with new equipment, revamped menu oped yet, so we’re not ready to comment on it,” Hipple said. The station — which used to serve hot dogs and hot sandwiches made with pastrami, turkey, corned beef, roast beef, ham and vegetables — will likely continue to serve sandwiches when it reopens, Hipple said. So far, there haven’t been any noticeable changes in the station, leaving some students to wonder about the construction efforts that are supposed to be taking place. “It doesn’t look like anything’s been accomplished yet,” said freshman engineering major Samantha Kretschmer. “Every

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Students looking for a hot sandwich or Nathan’s hot dog from The Diner will have to wait at least until January. The station that serves these items will be closed for the rest of the semester as Dining Services seeks to revamp “The New Yorker,” installing new equipment and changing its menu. Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said the department is not yet ready to release any specifics on the new station, except for that it will open again in the spring. “The concept hasn’t been devel-

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Renovations at the “The New Yorker” station at The Diner have impacted some students’ dining options, they said. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

fund Asian American studies Univ. named a ‘minorityserving institution’ by U.S. Dept. of Education BY JEANETTE DER BEDROSIAN Staff writer

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the university $2.4 million and the status of a “minority-serving institution” for AsianAmericans and related groups, according to a university news release. The designation, announced in late July but only recently accepted, means the university will “potentially [give] added weight ... to any request for federal funding” geared toward Asian-American studies, according to the release. To be eligible for the status, an institution must have at least 10 percent of its student body as Asian-Americans, American Indians or Pacific Islanders. Fourteen percent of the students at this university identify with one of those ethnicities. Only five other schools — none of which are public research institutions — were awarded the status. Other winners, many of which are community colleges, are the University of Guam, the City College of San Francisco, Foothill-De Anza Community College in Silicon Valley, South Seattle Community College and University of Hawaii



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University Police to plot crime locations on interactive map

CONRAD LIDEN 1920 – 2008

BY KYLE GOON Staff writer

University Police are negotiating with the crime-mapping website to become one of the first universities to directly contribute crime data to the website. University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said he met with UCrime owner Colin Drane to make an arrangement so police can enter in crime data themselves by the start of next semester. “It’s helpful to have the visual to go along with the crime log,” Dillon said. “It’s important to see where crime is happening, and this will help the university community do that, as well as help our investigators uncover patterns in crime.” Started in August, relies on police departments, newspapers, user reports and university incident logs to find crime data


Farming and firearms

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Former administrator known for multi-faceted contributions, research BY KEN PITTS Staff writer

Security concerns end Humans vs. Zombies game Society, he said. Sean McCready, the group’s president and a senior fire protection engineering major, said they decided to halt the game because “we thought that it would facilitate communication” between the

Conrad Liden, a former assistant to the dean at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and a University Police firearms instructor, died Oct. 28 from congestive heart failure. He was 87. Family and friends described Liden as a true son of the soil and a master marksman, a man who — despite his high academic achievements — was as earthy as the land he worked over a lifetime. In addition to his service to the university, Liden helped develop the infamous DDT pesticide as an Army scientist during World War II, and he traveled around the world to set up agricultural

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After a professor thought he saw a man with a gun, police and NERF Activity Society opt to stop play BY MICHELLE CLEVELAND For The Diamondback

Fear not, for Zombies are no longer prowling around the campus. The University Police advised the NERF Activity Society on Wednesday to halt its playing of the Humans vs. Zombies game,


which would have been played for two weeks beginning Oct. 31. “There was a mutual agreement to cease and desist the game,” said University Police spokesman Paul Dillon. Police met with members of the group last week to discuss safety concerns raised by university mem-


bers and agreed to stop the game until further notice, he said. The police’s concerns arose when they received a call from a professor about a man who seemed to be carrying a real gun, Dillon said. Through an investigation, they found the person was a member of the NERF Activity


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Students say closure UCrime, police to work out problems with map limits dining options MAP, from Page 1

DINER, from Page 1 day, it looks the same as it did the day before.” The lack of progress is frustrating, some students said, mainly because they feel their already limited dining options are being even more squeezed. “I actually really liked to eat there,” freshman engineering major Jarren Ahen said. “I thought it was only going to be gone for about a week.” “I’m a vegetarian, so it cuts down on what I can eat,” added Aarati Singal, a sophomore letters and sciences major who said she used to

get the warm vegetarian sandwiches on a regular basis. But while some students said the loss of one sandwich station wouldn’t have too much impact, others disagreed, saying “The New Yorker” was a valuable component of The Diner’s offerings. “The lines were always shorter at that sandwich place,” said sophomore public health major Serena Fasano. “Now I don’t eat sandwiches anymore, because I don’t feel like waiting in the line.”

and plot it on a Google map. Each crime is classified by category — such as a burglary, assault, etc. — and has a brief description of what occurred. Dillon said he had wanted to set up a similar website for about a year, but wasn’t satisfied with any of the available websites he had

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instructed at National Rifle Association championships in the schools and study farming in 1970s and traveled the country setting up youth shooting proother countries. Conrad Harper Liden was grams, his wife said. Maj. James K. Hamrick, asborn on Dec. 31, 1920, and grew up on a working farm near Fed- sistant chief of University Poeralsburg in Caroline County. lice and director of the UniverHe received his bachelor’s de- sity of Maryland Public Safety gree in vocational agriculture Training Academy, said “Confrom this university in 1942. He nie,” as Liden was known, was a finished his master’s in agrono- major contender at the shooting my, the study of soil manage- range, capable of competing ment and production of crops, with bad glasses and able take in 1949, when he developed a down clay pigeons without even type of red clover resistant to aiming. “Just shooting disease, said his wife of from the hip!” Ham61 years, Marjorie Higrick said of Liden’s man Liden. skeet-shooting abiliHe also led research ty. “That’s how good at a farm in Caroline he was.” County until 1948, and Liden, who often was an assistant profesheld his tobacco pipe sor at this university as a mock pistol, until 1951. trained not only UniAfter returning from versity Police, but his world travels in also those from de1958, Liden served as partments around administrative assistant to the dean of the Col- MAJ. JAMES the state. Even more relege of Agriculture until K. HAMRICK markable than his 1977, when he took DIRECTOR OF THE OF shooting prowess charge of the college’s UNIVERSITY MARYLAND PUBLIC was Liden’s ability to printing operations. He SAFETY TRAINING connect with stucentralized the printing ACADEMY dents, said Hamrick, of press packets, manuwho was mentored als and other instructional publications for the col- by Liden. “He was a family man, a lege and its affiliated farms around the state. He employed farmer and a firearms instrucaround 20 students to work at tor,” Hamrick said. He cultivated crops on an the print shop, said his daughter, Elizabeth A. Cooley, who acre of land at his home in Adelworked in the shop before grad- phi until he and his wife moved uating from the university in three years ago to Collington Episcopal Life Care Community 1972. Liden retired from the dupli- in Mitchellville, where he died. A memorial service was held cating service in 1981, leaving on a Friday, but then joined the Nov. 4 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal university’s police department Church on College Avenue. Liden is survived by his wife; as a firearms instructor that Monday, said his daughter, Mar- his three children, Elizabeth of Columbia, Margaret of Adelphi, garet L. Neily (class of 1970). As an instructor, Liden em- and Lawrence H. Liden (class ployed a mastery of shooting of 1974) of Severn; nine grandhoned throughout his life. He children; and three greathad grown up with guns, grandchildren. coached the U.S. Olympic shooting team in the late 1960s,

“He was a family man, a farmer and a firearms instructor.”

around the campus. “One of the goals with UCrime is to enable people to make a decision that will prevent a crime,” Drane said. “The technology is recent and now relatively inexpensive, and it’s a huge step for the University of Maryland.” One challenge the website is still trying to overcome is plotting points at buildings

on the campus without street addresses. Drane said his developers are setting up longitude and latitude points for the buildings, so police can report crimes there. Dillon said crime mapping won’t cost the university anything other than the time it takes to type in the data.

NERF game halted until safety concerns addressed

Liden remembered as a sharp shooter

found. When he learned he’d be able to upload the university statistics directly to UCrime, Dillon said it was an easy decision to partner with Drane’s company. Drane said this university will likely be one of the first schools to post incidents on the website for mapping purposes, giving faculty and students an accessible, easy way to look up crime on and

group and the police. Following their meeting with the police, the NERF Activity Society contacted members by phone and e-mail about the decision to postpone the game indefinitely. The group then held a general meeting to make sure everyone knew the game had ceased, said Tevis Tsai, the group’s secretary and a junior mathematics major. “Everybody knew within half an hour the game was canceled,” McCready said.

Tsai said the game play will not continue until they have spoken again with police and advisers. “We will be evaluating the safety aspects of the game,” Dillon said, adding that he was concerned people may not feel safe when they see someone dressed in dark colors carrying a NERF blaster. Humans vs. Zombies is a campus-wide game played 24 hours a day and was officially sanctioned by the Student Government Association last October. There are at least 110 players that registered for

the game this year using its new Facebook application. The goal of the game is for the “zombies” to turn the humans into their own kind by stealing the bandana of a human. Humans can use NERF blasters to defend themselves against zombies, Tsai and McCready said. Game players are required to wear a brightly colored bandana and to follow strict safety rules that are explicitly stated on the group’s website. The group also specifies many safe zones, so that play is mainly conducted only outside.

Facilities to replace cooling devices Updates will reduce 3 buildings’ energy use by 55 percent BY TIRZA AUSTIN Staff writer

As part of an effort to update technology and sustainability in air-conditioning units, the university is replacing parts of three heating and cooling systems, a $545,350 project that should reduce energy consumption by about 55 percent in the three buildings affected. Chillers, a refrigeration system that provides coolant for heating and air-conditioning units, will be replaced in the Lab for Physical Sciences, the Animal Science Wing and the Physics Super Conductivity chiller. Aging air-conditioning units hurt the environment and the university’s checkbook by producing more coolant than needed. The newer technology will reduce unused resources and the university’s energy bill. Associate Director of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems John Vucci said the reduction in energy costs ultimately impacts tuition by affecting the overall operating cost for the university. Chillers are the biggest energy consumer on the campus, Vucci said. According to a utility company, Alliant Energy, chillers consume about 20 percent of all elec-

“None of us are fond of stopping the game,” said Dustin Herbert, a senior computer science major who joined the game his first year at the university to meet new friends. Another club member, Matt Jordan, a senior math and physics major, said, “Ideally, the future of the game will be safe and fun for everyone. If the University Police continue to suspend the game, the game may no longer be able to survive.”

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The university is seeking to replace HVAC chillers with more efficient methods of cooling HVAC machinery. COURTESY OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

tricity generated in North America. The university has hundreds of chillers across the campus, contributing to the $43 million energy bill the university will face this fiscal year, which officials have already said they will have to exceed by at least 10 percent due to rising energy costs. Over the past 20 years, innovations in cooling and heating systems have helped them become more efficient, yet the university still has antiquated chillers that cost the university more money — and can’t be updated because of a lack of funds, said Director of Operations and Maintenance Jack Baker. “The reality of it is, you’re not going to be changing things out in 20 or 25 years,” Baker said. “We would love

to change out systems and renew them. Unfortunately, we don’t do that; it’s part of the deferred maintenance program.” One of the reasons the university’s energy consumption is so high is because of the specific requirements for research laboratories. Research labs require sophisticated technology because they must operate all day, every day and on very strict measures, which creates a “challenge” for Facilities Management as they operate 50-year-old equipment, Baker said. Vucci said 30 percent of the 30,000 tons of air-conditioning used on the campus is used 24 hours a day by research facilities.

at Hilo, said Larry Shinagawa, director of the university’s Asian American Studies Program. And the university received approximately twice the monetary award given to the other awardees, Shinagawa added. “It’s something that the government has recognized,” Shinagawa said. “They have historically recognized historically black colleges, Hispanic colleges and universities and Native American tribal colleges. And now what they have decided to do is recognize institutions that serve a significant portion of AsianAmerican students.” The status comes after the Asian American Studies Program was created in 2000 to allow students of all ethnicities to learn about Asian and Asian-American issues. “This represents a major advance for the university, a tangible marker of our vital and growing diversity,” said Dean of Undergraduate Studies Donna Hamilton in the press release. “It is also a marker of the program’s rapid expansion, which is quickly becoming one of the best in the nation.” The funding will be used to expand the course offering in Asian American Studies, especially CORE courses, and to conduct reports on different Asian-American subgroups, Shinagawa said. More and more AsianAmerican students have been attending the university since the late 1980s, Shinagawa added, with noticeable increases occurring each consecutive year. “Every single year, there has been a substantial jump in the numbers,” he said. “You can gauge as the ranking of the University of Maryland increase[s], I’m absolutely sure that there will be a higher percentage of Asian-American students who will attend the university, because I suspect they want to attend the better institutions.” Senior psychology major Vivian Ling said she sees the high number of Asian-American groups and organizations on the campus as an example of how the university serves its minority students. “There are a pretty good amount of Asian organizations on campus, and they’re all prett well-funded,” she said. Shinagawa said the status will benefit all students, not just Asian-American students. “I think it’s very important for all students to be exposed to some of Asian and Asian-American history and culture,” he added.
















Staff Editorial

Guest Column

Lead us to greener pastures W

e have come a long way from the stereotyped conception of sets represent the SGA’s push to first change itself. But the example set is not one that addresses the responsibilities of the environmentalism as little more than the pet project of a collection of naïve, idealist hippies. The modern-day green entire student body. What if the SGA led a school-wide fundraising cammovement has largely succeeded in cultivating a main- paign for the purchase of carbon offsets? What if the SGA found a corstream understanding of the immediate threats facing our planet. The porate sponsor that would go dollar-for-dollar in the campaign? What if movement has instilled a broad-based sense of stewardship and the campaign was a competition with Duke? What if instead of (or in addition to) buying carbon offsets, the SGA facilitated a responsibility, demanding not only the protection of brainstorming session of creative ways to pool studentlocal communities but also institutional restraints on group resources and reduce consumption? industries tearing through our soil, our rivers and our On Election Day, SGA President Jonathan Sachs travery sky. The SGA’s investment in versed the campus in a golf cart as part of an effort to The Student Government Association’s vote last week to invest $425 in voluntary carbon offsets represents a carbon offsets is more than promote voter turnout. We doubt that the golf cart was an essential component of the voter turnout drive, and clear response to this sense of stewardship and a desire to meet responsibility with action. We applaud this drive an empty gesture, but fails wonder how much its use contributed to the SGA’s conto provide real leadership. sumption. Even if the golf cart itself required little to action, but question the route the SGA has taken. energy, if the purchase of carbon offsets is in large part The SGA is not responsible simply for its own actions, a symbolic measure, such conspicuous consumption or for its own environmental footprint. Members of the dilutes the message of environmental responsibility. SGA must realize that they represent the entire underWe hardly expect this to be the end of the SGA’s green efforts, and graduate student body. Its responsibility is to lead students and to push hope for more substantive progress in the months to come. In fact, the the entire student body to action. On one hand, the purchase of carbon offsets represents a significant SGA’s environmental liaison is currently working on a student sustainstep in adding a sense of personal responsibility that is all too rare in stu- ability council that we hope will undertake this vision of collaborative dent initiatives. Far too often, student initiatives only target others, by leadership. The key to effecting change is not simply raising yourself to fighting to change the administration, the state or the nation. Here, off- a higher plane; it’s bringing others with you.

Our View

Editorial Cartoon: Mike O’Brien

Purple Line: Speak up for the right rails his Wednesday, Maryland Secretary of Transportation John Porcari will be visiting the university to give a presentation on the state of the proposed Purple Line Metro route. He will be joined by campus leaders and students, who will gather to voice their opinions on the project. The line, which would connect the campus with New Carrollton, Silver Spring and Bethesda, has already been through numerous revisions and delays since being proposed. Given that the forum presents one of the few opportunities for members of the campus community to air their views on the project — one that could bring drastic changes to the campus — it is important to revisit the bevy of reasons why the project deserves university support. University administrators have, in recent years, persistently marketed our proximity to Washington to prospective students, emphasizing the research and




employment opportunities such nearness brings. Yet for many students, the connection between the city and the university is tenuous at best. The Metro station serving the university is a 20-minute walk from the campus and is notorious among on-campus students for its inconvenient location. Many potential forays into Washington have been foiled when young students have considered the prospect of a late-night trek down to the Metro stop — not to mention the real possibility of getting mugged on the way. The Purple Line represents a chance for the university to make good on its

marketing scheme. For on-campus students, the proposed route has the potential to change the campus culture in numerous ways. For commuter students, the project is even more important. At a university where 59 percent of undergraduate students live off the campus, the Purple Line would make commuting from Bethesda, Silver Spring and other nearby suburbs immeasurably easier. It would also lower the number of cars that move in and out of the campus on a daily basis, something that ought to be a real priority for the university administration. Institutionally, the university stands to reap the benefits from the improved connection to Washington, as well. The Purple Line increases the likelihood the federal government will continue to invest money in projects and research at the university. One need only look at initiatives such as the Persian Flagship Program and other federally supported programs that are at least partially a benefit

of that close geographic relationship. A more convenient transportation link with downtown Washington stands to make the university more attractive to researchers and to bureaucrats who allocate federal money. The recent hand-wringing about the feasibility of the project is understandable given the current economic clime. After all, some estimates place the cost at more than $2.4 billion, and with the state pursuing aggressive budget cuts, that figure seems exorbitant. However, the Purple Line is exactly the sort of project the government should be funding in a time of economic crisis. Domestic works projects create jobs and, more importantly, keep people in them. The positives, then, both for the state and for the university, far outweigh the pitfalls. Hunter Pavela is a senior Chinese and philosophy major. He can be reached at

Urban sprawl: Why we need to keep it all together [Editor’s note: The author’s father is Tom Dernoga, a county councilman in Prince George’s County.]


prawl is such a boring word. In the past, when I’ve heard people complain about it, I’ve rolled my eyes and thought, “Can’t we focus on more important and interesting problems?” Wrong! The term “sprawl” describes the spread of a city’s developments past its suburbs and across rural land at the edge of the city. Most of our jobs are in the city, and people in the suburbs drive into the city to work every morning. Let me paint you a picture showing why sprawl sucks. You’re in your car stuck in stop-and-go traffic at 8:15 a.m., surrounded by incompetent drivers and lots of exhaust. Bewildered by the teeming herds cramming the roads, you salute your fellow commuters with your middle finger and curse the heavens — work started at 8 a.m.

But the problems produced by urban sprawl hardly end with a bad commute. You wind up with worsening air pollution, water pollution, destruction of open spaces and elimination of agricultural lands. Sprawl also means your city is bigger, spreading out infrastructure, including roads, schools, firehouses and sewer facilities. Our government gets so caught up in building this infrastructure, it can’t afford upkeep for older parts of the city. In Prince George’s County, a lackluster effort to control sprawl has resulted in more than $4 billion in needed infrastructure upkeep, including $2.8 billion for schools alone. Unless all the pollution generated from sprawl makes it rain silver dollars, we need to grow smarter. We’ve got an opportunity to bolster land preservation efforts and limit sprawl. On Nov. 18, the County Council is going to vote on a bill that institutes a “Transfer Development Rights” program, which makes it easier for owners


DERNOGA of rural land to keep their property. It is so difficult to limit sprawl because if you own rural land, it’s very tempting to sell it. There are plenty of developers eyeing those juicy green fields, ready to build another housing development or shopping center, and they’re offering money. The TDR program allows owners of rural land in the county to sell the development rights to their land to developers. There’s a catch though — the owners of the rural land get to keep their property, and the county designates land for the developer to build on, limiting sprawl. The

county would target more densely populated areas closer to the city near jobs, infrastructure and transportation. Not only can we limit sprawl, we can make mass transit more effective and accessible. It’s tough to promote transit when residential areas are thinly spread. When people are concentrated near transit, they’ll have more transportation options and be less likely to drive. Not surprisingly, developers are fighting this bill hard. They want to be able to build anywhere and everywhere, but let the public pay for the consequences of the sprawl they generate. Enough. I encourage everyone to contact their councilperson, and ask them to vote in favor of the TDR program. Our councilman in College Park is Eric Olsen. Sprawl might be boring, but it’s not as boring as sitting in traffic. Matt Dernoga is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at

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One man’s journey MICHAEL GLUSKIN Shortly after receiving his diploma from this university in May 2007, Eric Zoberman packed his bags and traveled west to Iowa. He didn’t head out to the frontier because he studied agriculture; Zoberman headed to the Hawkeye State to harvest votes for then-Sen. Barack Obama. Zoberman wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do after graduation, and many of his peers gave him a curious look when he told them he was off to Iowa. But Zoberman knew he wanted to support and campaign for the senator from his home state of Illinois. Located in eastern Iowa, Zoberman started his work for January’s caucus in June. He spent most of his time in a town of a few more than 6,000 people, and embodied President-elect Obama’s impressive ground game. The alumnus cultivated good relationships with the people in his city and hosted an event where Obama spoke in mid-December, just a few weeks before the caucus. Zoberman was so closely connected to his work that he lived directly above his office. He’d roll out of bed in the morning, walk down a dark and narrow staircase and be in his campaign headquarters. In the county where Zoberman worked, Obama received 44 percent of the caucusgoers’ support, easily besting John Edwards and Hillary Clinton. The Iowa victory is often pointed to as the most significant win for Obama, proving him to be a viable black candidate who could win the support of white voters. From there, his campaign launched into even greater national prominence, and Zoberman continued to play a role in the field. He traveled to St. Louis, Mo., to work for Obama before the Super Tuesday primaries early in February. Obama narrowly won that state, thanks in part to a great showing in St. Louis County. From there, Zoberman traveled to Texas, where Obama performed well in his area, and then on to North Carolina. Soon after Obama became the official Democratic nominee, Zoberman headed back to the St. Louis area. There, he worked on the general election campaign in one of the nation’s most hotly contested battlegrounds. His county played host to the vice presidential debate and a massive rally for Obama last month that drew around 100,000 people. Although Sen. John McCain (R - Arnarrowly edged out Obama in Missouri, Zoberman’s county had nearly 80 percent turnout and went blue by more than double its result from the 2004 election. It was a rare defeat for Zoberman during his campaigning, but the national result couldn’t have been better. Obama launched his 22-month campaign February 2007 in Illinois’ capital of Springfield. Zoberman joined Obama for 18 of those dizzying months, introducing the candidate at several rallies and helping push the Democratic agenda of change. The intricate ground-level organization displayed by Obama’s campaign was unprecedented and will serve as a model for future campaigns. Sure, there were thousands of field workers and volunteers similar to Zoberman. But his work and dedication over the past year and a half show what’s possible with a good education (he was a government and politics major, of course) and a devoted work ethic. He spent months living out of a suitcase. The former Terp ate, lived and breathed politics, but managed to have fun along the way and make an impact in the communities in which he worked. Although at times Zoberman grew tired of his nonstop schedule, his dedication never wavered, and all the work paid off Tuesday night when Obama gave his acceptance speech in Grant Park in Chicago. So does that mean one person within a massive, national organization can have an impact by working hard and connecting with people? Yes, he can. Michael Gluskin graduated in 2007 and is a former Diamondback news and sports contributor. He can be reached at

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Best of the week “If we lose, we’re going to have to put pressure on local officials.” - Charlie Metz, slots volunteer From the Nov. 5 edition of The Diamondback

Guest Column

The ICC: It’s not too late to stop the project DAVID ROGNER This semester, I have witnessed some of the most effective and targeted social activism I have ever seen. Students here have stood up for what they believe in, and as a result, they have run one of the top voter registration drives in the nation and have been recognized by Al Gore for their environmental achievements. Students here have also pushed for a conscientious dialogue about the national drinking age, and soon we will host the International Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference. It has become increasingly apparent that in this stressed global environment and economy, students realize the solutions we pose today will affect future generations. Still, amidst this atmosphere of activism, some student organizers are overlooking one of the most important aspects of creating a sustainable future: maintaining a livable community and keeping our government accountable for how it spends our tax money. The general view of students, student leaders and activists is that the complicated, unclear funding sources for the $3.1 billion price tag of the Intercounty Connector is too confusing to take a stance on. The general attitude is that it’s too late to defund this road. In my dialogues with student leaders, I have commonly encountered statements such as, “It has no legs,” “It’s a done deal,” or “It’s a non-issue” to us. But the facts are that the ICC is taking $264.9 million dollars away from the state’s general fund, which is the same pot of money used to support public services such as the university system. At the same time, many public officials are bracing to end the state’s three-year streak of freezing tuition. Furthermore, building this road will sap money from other state transportation projects. To complete the road, the state will have to take on $1.2 billion in debt that will be repaid with statewide toll revenues. An additional $750 million will come from Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles bonds that modest estimates say will consume one in seven dollars given to our state by the federal government for transportation over the next 14 years. This pool of money is coming from the same funding sources that should be ensuring the Purple Line and Route 1 revitalization. Both these projects were cut by the state in September, while the ICC’s funding remained largely intact. If the ICC is built, a number of communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties are going to be physically divided and face public health concerns from increased air pollution. The road may also create the threat of increased flooding. In Montgomery County, the road is slated to plow through public parks, displace about 60 residents from their houses, go within yards of an elementary school and clear-cut some of the few remaining tracts of suburban forest that would otherwise encourage generations of children to simply go outside and explore the natural world. Three state agency studies have shown the ICC would not relieve congestion on the Beltway, I-95, I270 or most local roads within the study area. Given our state’s and the nation’s current economic and environmental shortcomings, it should be apparent that defunding the ICC should be one of the most pressing state issues for students to lobby for. The ICC is not a done deal; it is a debt-accruing road that threatens our community’s happiness while counteracting our state’s ability to create a sustainable future. As leaders, we should not think about expediency when deciding the issues we should tackle. We should think about what is right for the students we are choosing to represent. The opposition will be difficult, but its effect on our communities and on the state is too important to write off. David Rogner is the Student Government Association’s environmental affairs liaison. He can be reached at or through the Facebook group “Stop the Intercounty Connector, Support HB1471.”

“Yes we did! Yes we did!” - Revelers on Knox Road after Barack Obama won the presidential election From the Nov. 5 edition of The Diamondback

“We had some opportunities to score touchdowns, and we didn’t. ... That was probably one of the main factors in the loss.” - Terps quarterback Chris Turner on the team’s loss Friday From the Nov. 5 edition of The Diamondback

Science: Theory can be practical


s President-elect, Barack Obama (D) now faces the task of filling key positions in his administration, and lately I’ve been thinking about one position in particular: His science adviser. The position, which practically went defunct under President George W. Bush, may once again become important in 2009, in large part because of the now widespread recognition of the global energy crisis. It’s clear that we need science experts in the White House to ensure the effectiveness of much-needed solutions to the energy problem. We’ll also need plenty of scientists researching alternative energy sources and energy-saving techniques. This is all well and good, and I’ll be glad if science starts to have an increasingly visible role in politics. However, although it’s clear that increasing scientific influence in this country will have many practical benefits, I have to wonder: Is there room in our pragmatic, modern world for the idea that science is worth pursuing for its own sake? When former President Dwight Eisenhower officially established the position of science adviser in 1957, his motives were largely tactical. The United States needed to hold its own against Russia during the early stages of the Cold War, and part of that meant having a competitive space program. Since then, the practical effects of science have become more and more familiar to us. It’s easy to make an argument for why we should increase spending on scientific education and research when we can point to useful and


HOLCOMB profitable benefits. But ultimately, the most exciting scientific ideas explore the physical laws binding our universe, the strange equations that govern material interactions, the subatomic phenomena roiling beneath the surface of everything. Do practical benefits arise from such musings? Yes. Should they be our only goal in funding scientific thought? No. The truth is that theoretical physics and its practical consequences often intersect in surprising and interesting ways. One of the most famous examples of science’s pragmatic use was the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb during World War II. Richard Feynman, who worked on the Manhattan Project as a young physicist and later won the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics, once told an anecdote that illustrates how the most impractical kind of scientific thinking can have practical consequences. In high school calculus, Feynman learned the formula to take the derivative of a function an indefinite number of times. There’s the first derivative, the second, the third, all the way up to the nth derivative. So he wondered: Was there such a thing as a half-derivative? Could he find a formula such that taking it twice would give you the first de-

rivative, taking it four times would give you the second, and so on? He did find such a formula, and he experimented with it purely to amuse himself. Years later, working on the atomic bomb, some physicists put up some equations on the board that looked like Feynman’s half-derivatives. Drawing on the playful thinking he had done back in high school, Feynman was able to provide a solution, and thus his impractical theoretical musings turned out to be quite practical, after all. The point I mean to make with this story, however, is not that creative scientific thought is valuable only when it has a practical effect. The most theoretical questions concerning physical laws may not have immediate practical consequences, but they are still worth pursuing. The practical applications of science grow out of the kind of creative thinking that, at first sight, appears impractical. Thus, if we are going to find pragmatic scientific solutions to the world’s problems, we must acknowledge that the sciences that can produce these solutions also extend beyond them. The best way to give our children the tools to solve the problems of the future is to instill in them a love of learning, a desire to understand nature’s governing principles and a playful attitude toward solving both practical and impractical problems. With a theoretical interest in science as their basis, the practical solutions will arise on their own. Susan Holcomb is a physics major. She can be reached at

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Registration: Break up the block party


had writer’s block for this column. Or, at least, when I tried to register, that’s what Testudo told me. That was just one of the 1,640 blocks I found on my way to registering. I had a straight flush of blocks. The blocks were enough to give me a headache. A blockheadache. Once I was able to get past all my blocks and finally start registering, I couldn’t help but think that there must be a better way of doing something so important. Registration is one of the most ridiculous parts of college. You’re given a short window of time to plan out your next semester, based entirely on word of mouth and one-sentence explanations on Testudo. The description for ASTR 100: Introduction to Astronomy, is, “An elementary course in descriptive astronomy, especially appropriate for non-science students. Sun, moon, planets, stars and nebulae, galaxies, evolution.” That doesn’t sound elementary; that sounds insane. Galaxies and evolution? In one semester? Obviously, somebody didn’t read my column about teachers running out of time. Let’s play “Guess the class.” Here’s


GINDES the description: “A review of geologic factors underlying many environmental problems and the interactions between population and physical environment: geologic hazards, land-use planning, conservation, mineral resources, waste disposal, land reclamation, and the geologic aspects of health and disease.” Did you guess rocks for jocks? Seriously, that jumble of words is rocks for jocks. That description sounds more like rocks for docs. Or rocks for ... flocks. Flocks of really smart people. But there’s no time to ponder these vague descriptions, because if you wait too long, the classes you need will fill up, you’ll end up with the schedule from hell, and you’ll have to wait until next semester to take your upper-level statistics course. Which is a pain in my ass. And just try taking philosophy classes. It’s November, and I still don’t know

what my class is about — you think I had any chance when I was registering? “Some central topics in the theory of knowledge, such as perception, memory, knowledge, and belief, skepticism, other minds, truth, and the problems of induction.” Central topics in knowledge such as knowledge. Wonderful, thanks. Still, I do have to give credit where it’s due. I was all ready to bash JOUR 320: News Writing and Reporting II: Print, for not including the part about sucking out your soul in its description, but it actually does. “Due to rigorous publication requirement, students should time manage their semester accordingly.” Touche, J-school. You win this time. I still would have liked to see the words “soul-sucking” somewhere, but you got me. The moral of the story is that when you register, beware. Hard classes sound like easy classes. Easy classes sound like hard classes. The snozzberries don’t taste like snozzberries. As for me, this year I’m just going to pick my classes out of a hat. Rob Gindes is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at


Hard choices: A new pup for the new president ESTI

FRISCHLING I may or may not be the President-elect of the United States of America, and I may or may not have promised my two daughters a puppy. What kind of puppy should I get?


The presidential pooch will inevitably represent the sensibility of the first family; this isn’t to say, however, that Barack Obama’s (D) puppy will be the first in the White House. Numerous dogs of numerous presidents have graced (and peed on) the lush carpets of the Oval Office. The current occupiers of the White Dog House are Barney and Miss Beazley (no relation to Pam from The Office), Bush’s Scottish terriers, who were preceded by Buddy, former President Bill Clinton’s chocolate lab. But for many reasons, the choice for this next president’s dog could be the most exciting choice we, as a nation, have seen in a while. Websites and blogs have been overflowing with debates and suggestions for the direction of the new pup, gabbing about it more than almost any other campaign issue. I’ve heard suggestions ranging from clever historical puns to Republican jabs, but I feel neither would reflect well on your creativity. As much as I’d like to see a Maverick, Bristol or Dwight D. Eisenbow-wower scampering around the front lawn, this was a campaign run on innovation, and I hope (hehe) we’ll get something a little more impressive out of it. Given the amount of website-sponsored contests and national surveys conducted to find the perfect name for this dog, I feel confident the girls, with the help of their parents, can muster something whimsical, yet also presidential. As far as the breed is concerned, our future President and First Lady seem to have some stupidly metaphoric ideas. I understand the urge to want to send a message to constituents about their diversity and make us all feel good about ourselves by picking a mutt, but I don’t think it’s necessary to make the choice of breed didactic and representational. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama wants us to feel secure in the future of our country by adopting a rescue dog, which I assume is meant to invoke images of the dog swooping down in an Underdog fashion to save the crumbling economy and pee on China. Still, the bottom line is that some breeds are cuter than others — and what are puppies for, anyway? Your health? Which brings us to the final thing to consider — if you may or may not be the President-elect, your daughter, Malia, may or may not be allergic to dogs. That puppy is likely going to replace all other forms of human contact for that child, and you wouldn’t want the cuddling to be compromised by fits of sneezing or eruptions of hives. Given this information, I think it’s important to have a small, almost teddy-bear-like dog that Malia and sister Sasha can take turns sleeping with. My final answer: You should get a cross between two breeds, so it’s not an elitist white suburban dog, and you won’t have to worry about sending the wrong message. It’s hypo-allergenic, so Malia and Sasha can pretend they have a functioning nuclear family, and it is effing adorable. Additionally, my choice of dog is called a malti-poo, which is honestly the cutest word I have ever heard. If you had any sense, you would just give up on thinking of a better name, and stick to the one God gave it.


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A not-so-wonderful life on Mars The Flaming Lips completes its passion project, Christmas on Mars, a nonsensical sci-fi blunder BY ZACHARY HERRMANN Senior staff writer

Any true fan of cinema should be able to tell you to pay special attention to a film’s opening and closing scenes: They are the two most important pieces to understanding where the filmmakers want to take us. Of course, when a film opens with a green Martian (Wayne Coyne) removing his space ship from his mouth and proceeding to step into its vaginal opening, and closes with the same, all you can really be sure about is you’re not in Kansas anymore. But in the case of Christmas on Mars — the new sci-fi feature film from psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips — we’re not so far off, as it was largely confined to the low-budget space station sets constructed in lead singer Coyne’s Oklahoma City backyard. Seven years ago, Coyne and Co. set out to develop their space oddity about Mars colonization, psychotic episodes, Christmas and the virgin birth. Gradually, the project came to fruition, and since May, the film has screened at festivals in cities across the country, leading up to its DVD release. While it may seem unfair to apply the analytical tools used for conventional cinema to such a blatantly atypical movie, Coyne has name-checked some pretty heavy-hitting films (Eraserhead, Dead Man, The Wizard of Oz) as his inspiration for Mars. It’s tempting to forgive Coyne and the Lips for dreaming so big — their seemingly limitless imaginations have usually served them well in the studio and on the stage. Behind the camera, though, Coyne is completely out of his element, even with assistance from The Fearless Freaks (2005 Lips documentary) director Brad Beesley and George Salisbury (editor of UFOs at the Zoo: The Flaming Lips Live in Oklahoma City). If nothing else, Coyne’s bizarre sense of imagery is intriguing, like a warped child’s dreams and nightmares coming to life in cruddy 16 mm grain. But rather than play to his strengths, the songwriter insists on probing the infi-

nite truths of the universe through static shots of actors looking confused or moping about. Much like the notorious Ed Wood, Coyne doesn’t understand just how awful his film really is or at least never lets the audience in on the joke. In place of the interstellar mind f--- we all would have hoped for, the Lips has birthed a truly awful bore. Shortly after the vaginal mouth/space ship comes and goes, we are introduced to the troubled Major Syrtis (band member Steve Drozd). His existential doubts (expressed bluntly in narration and dialogue) consume him as the clock winds down on Christmas Eve, and Syrtis confronts a “cosmic reality,” whatever the hell that is. Syrtis’ sour mood has something to do with a baby emanating radio waves from a pseudo-artificial womb, post-Freudian vaginal imagery and the space station crew’s reluctance to properly celebrate Christmas. Take it easy on the guy though; his Santa Claus (shipmate Ed 15) went crazy and committed suicide by running out of Hatch 1. On paper, it all sounds about par for course, and Christmas on Mars could probably pass for tolerable holiday kitsch if not for the awful dialogue. Coyne’s script pursues stoned ruminations on life, purpose and technology with all efforts coming up philosophically broke. As a screenwriter, Coyne has all the coldness of Stanley Kubrick without the slightest bit of insight. It’s completely unclear whether Coyne is trying to play the self-serious tone for laughs or not. When the Mars psychiatrist (Adam Goldberg, Nancy Drew) describes Ed 15’s nightmarish visions of a marching band with vaginas for heads (yes, you see it and yes, it’s weird) crushing an infant in the road, the absurdity surpasses any element of comedy or terror. What’s most scary about Mars is the notion Coyne is actually trying to get some sort of a message across. The silent green Martian inevitably saves the space station using technology, not a Christmas miracle, and instills good will in

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hot and cold most definitely HOT: “HISTORY” BY JAY-Z This is only the beginning. After arguably the most historic presidential election in U.S. history, a constant stream of songs referencing the event are due to crop up. Jay-Z strikes early with “History,” a song indirectly referring to Barack Obama’s rise. There are strings and a high-pitched female vocal behind Jay’s raps. There’s only one negative: The radio rip of the song features an audible station tag every 30 seconds or so, cutting into the track. But hey, it’s good to hear him not collaborating with Coldplay.

“MYSTERY MAN” BY GNARLS BARKLEY When Cee-Lo sounds pissed off singing a Gnarls Barkley song, it’s usually a good thing. This B-side from the Who’s Gonna Save My Soul EP (out today), speeds by at a mere 2 minutes and change, with a video about Superman sucking and the Mystery Man coming to save the day. CeeLo’s vocals are raw and Danger Mouse’s production is as psychedelically swirling as ever.

most definitely COLD: “TCHK HARROWDOWN JUMP RMX” BY THOM YORKE Free music and Radiohead go hand in hand at this point, so it wasn’t surprising to see a free song from front man Thom Yorke on the day after the U.S. Presidential Election. The Brit has been outspoken about his distaste for President Bush. On The Eraser, Yorke recorded “Harrodown Hill,” a song about the “dark days of Bush’s,” as Yorke wrote on Radiohead’s website. This remix, done by Yorke himself, was recorded during one of Radiohead’s infamous webcasts, but never released — perhaps for a reason. Yorke slows his vocals considerably, making his ghastly vocals sound more and more empty, like they’re floating in space. In this case, you’re better off sticking to the original.

men and peace on Mars so the virgin birth of the space age may go on without all of Syrtis’ fears coming true. It’s zany enough, but there’s a fairly heavy dose of art house pretension in the construct. Aside from the occasional visual flair (bassist Michael Ivins’ colorful encounter with the blinking brain-vagina) and a predictably whacked out Lips score (the film’s highlight is the Lips’ rendition of “Silent Night”), Mars is a mess. And unlike classic Wood schlock like Plan 9 From Outer Space, the film stops short of the so-unbelievably-awful-it’s-great status, which doesn’t leave us with much.

Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips’ feature-length Christmas on Mars was seven years in the making, but not exactly worth the wait. COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.


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Yates’ production increased MIDS, from Page 10 improved play, Zusi’s final season, which continues Wednesday with the Terps’ ACC tournament quarterfinal matchup with North Carolina, might go on for a little while longer. And no one is happier about that than Cirovski, who, during practice the week before the Virginia game, focused his attention on Zusi and Yates, who has also picked up his game. “There’s no doubt about it: Since some individual meetings and some collective challenges, they have both raised their games,” Cirovski said. “We need them at that level because they have some special skills that can change games in an instant. If we can get better play out of that attacking midfield role and another attacking player that can be of consequence, then I think we can be a more dangerous team.”

Yates also has responded to Cirovski’s coaching, which at times during practice manifested itself in Cirovski giving the two an earful. The junior contributed last Friday with his first goal of the year and several impressive runs through the midfield. Against Virginia on Oct. 31, Yates recorded an assist on the team’s first goal and set up Zusi for the run that would earn him the crucial penalty kick. A lot of the recent improvement from both Zusi and Yates was fueled by the team’s need for offense after regular starting forward Jason Herrick was issued a red card in the first half of the Virginia game. Herrick was ejected for the remainder of that game and had to sit out the North Carolina game because of a mandatory one-game suspension. Herrick’s absence meant Zusi and Yates not only had to step up, but had more operating space on the

attack. It didn’t hurt that both players could play more forward than normal, something that suits their styles. “I definitely enjoy playing up top because when I get the ball I’m already an attacking forward, and it’s less of a defensive responsibility,” Yates said. “I’m an attacking player, so I definitely enjoy being up there and causing havoc and scoring goals.” It will be interesting to see whether the two can keep up their play when Herrick returns to the starting lineup on Wednesday. But at this point, that Cirovski and Zusi one-on-one hotel meeting on the eve of the Virginia game has paid huge dividends. “We took a look at our games, and along with some motivation from the coaches and my teammates, we’ve responded well,” Zusi said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going.” Landon Milbourne’s role this year will likely expand, and he figures to play a lot more in the post with the departures of James Gist and Bambale Osby. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

‘I don’t really have a game plan ... other than bringing the championship level of play’ O’DONNELL, from Page 10 defender, O’Donnell was a blur, streaking toward the net. Unable to score, O’Donnell drew a penalty corner, on which back Ellen Ott converted the game-winner. “Katie’s brilliant under pressure,” coach Missy Meharg said after the victory. And O’Donnell impressed again in the league final, her legs churning as she sparked the Terps counterattack. She is tied for second on the team in goals, but as she’s proven before, she is most valuable as a playmaker. Sunday, she assisted on three of the Terps’ four goals, including the game-winner to forward Nicole Muracco. “We always have great eye contact, me and her; we

always know where each other are,” Muracco said. “The second she looked up and she saw my eyes, I knew she was going to hit it right where I needed [her] to.” O’Donnell has embraced her role as facilitator, though she hasn’t necessarily sought it out. “I don’t really have a game plan stepping on the field, other than bringing the championship level of play,” O’Donnell said. “That’s my goal, and whatever comes out of that, happens.” Meharg has appreciated the opportunity to deploy the sophomore forward in various strategies throughout the year. Sunday, she was particularly pleased. “I’ll tell you what was amazing about Katie O’Donnell’s performance [Sunday]

is that she moved back into the position she had played at the beginning of the season, meaning like a very, very high attacking center midfield,” Meharg said. “We really haven’t done that in about six games. I just think she’s very, very coachable. She’s very intellectual.” Most of all, she’s a competitor. After losing in her first ACC tournament game last season, O’Donnell wasn’t going to let it happen a second time around. “If [a title] is what you really want, you have to give absolutely every bit of energy that you have,” O’Donnell said. “I was just bawling and crying and throwing a hissy fit last year. To win is just amazing.”

Milbourne more mature MILBOURNE, from Page 10 same fade haircut he’s had since becoming a Terp. What Williams saw was less exterior and far more important. “I noticed Landon, a year older, wanting to be a leader,” Williams said. Now one of the Terps’ veterans, Milbourne has taken responsibility and wants to be the guy his young teammates look up to. It showed when his peers voted for him, not higher profile junior guard Eric Hayes, to be a tri-captain alongside Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal. “There was no doubt in my mind that Landon wanted to be one of our tri-captains this year,” Williams said. “I’ve seen that in practice. That’s where you really see it, how guys come to play every day. Landon hasn’t had any bad days in terms of effort.” Following a breakout season in which he won a start-

ing job and improved his scoring average by more than seven points per game, Milbourne decided against resting on his laurels. Instead, the swingman became a gym rat during the offseason, constantly putting up shots and working on his basketball aptitude. And in this way, the softspoken captain has led by example. “Even if we have an off day, [I’m shooting],” Milbourne said. “Especially with other guys on the team, I try to get other guys in here doing the same thing. “The leaders that are coming up now — me, Vasquez and Dave Neal — we’re willing to put the time in,” he added. “And when the younger guys see us doing that, they don’t want to feel left out, so they start doing that too. Especially when you come onto the court and play pickup games, they see it’s easy for me to score; it’s easy for Greivis to score. They ask

us what we’re doing different, and it’s the fact that we’re willing to put the time in.” With Vasquez sidelined during the Terps’ exhibition game against Northwood on Saturday, Milbourne stepped up his assertiveness on offense. He wanted the ball. He wanted to score. And after all the grinding he did during the summer, getting the ball and scoring against Northwood was trouble free, as he finished with 20 points in 22 minutes. Now a junior, Milbourne feels more comfortable directing and advising his teammates. While Braxton Dupree was busy running off 20 pounds over the summer, Milbourne was by his side each morning, running on a nearby treadmill. When sophomore forward, and fellow Georgia native, Jerome Burney wondered what he needed to do to prepare for an expanded role entering his second season, Milbourne, already having been through that progression last year, was there for counseling. In return, even the leader can be schooled by his pupils. “Me and Landon, when we first met each other, we both played power forward before he switched to small forward,” Burney said. “I guess I have to show him the ropes again on how to play the power forward position.” That potential position switch is one Milbourne embraces, even though it may be in his best interest to play in his more natural small forward spot. Arguably the most athletic Terp since Chris Wilcox, Milbourne is poised for a big season wherever he plays. “This is important to Landon,” Williams said. “This is very important to Landon, how he does this year.”


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BOURNE again Midfielder Katie O’Donnell, shown here in a game against Northwestern, had a big ACC tournament this weekend. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

Flipping the switch in time Star forward Katie O’Donnell made her presence felt in field hockey’s ACC championship run


BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer


With her team down a goal and less than 15 minutes remaining in Friday’s ACC tour- years, had been quiet throughout nament semifinal, Katie O’- the night. So, with the Terps’ spot Donnell stalked with the ball in the tournament hanging in the outside the 25-yard-line. Then, balance, she finally resolved to spinning quickly, she split two flip the switch. “Yeah, it’s kind of bad to say defenders and rifled a shot from just inside the scoring cir- that, but I knew I wasn’t playing very well before that,” O’Donnell cle. said. “When it came to The ball struck Vircrunch time, I knew I ginia goalie Amy Desneeded to step my jadon and fell in front game up. That’s kind of of the sprawled keeper. when I turned things on Forward Meghan and realized I needed Dean swooped in and to do a lot more than persisted until the ball what I was doing.” dribbled past the line. She wasn’t done. Tie game. In the opening minIt was a waterutes of overtime, the shed moment for the Terps advanced into Terrapin field Cavalier territory behockey team, who fore losing posseswent on to beat the sion. But as Virginia Cavaliers in overattempted to clear, time Friday. And it KATIE O’Donnell ambushed. was an awakening O’DONNELL “The ball was slightfor O’Donnell, who SOPHOMORE FORWARD ly off [a Cavalier was named to the back’s] stick, so I used my reACC All-Tournament team. Two days later, the Terps es- verse to reach around and hit it caped Durham, N.C., with an behind her,” O’Donnell said. “As ACC championship, beating I’m coming around to get the ball, No. 2 Wake Forest by a score of she tripped on my stick. Then I 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Jack reached forward to get the ball, and you saw the rest.” Katz Stadium. After stripping the Cavalier O’Donnell, who recently won ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in as many Please See O’DONNELL, Page 9

“When it came to crunch time, I knew I needed to step my game up.”

Forward Landon Milbourne has quickly stepped into his new role as a team captain this season BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer


ver the summer, as students played pickup basketball at the Eppley Recreation Center, two especially tall guys strolled into the gym and began to shoot. Before long, the two were involved in a pickup game. One of the players, standing about 6-foot9, lightheartedly moseyed about the court with a spacious grin on his face, staying outside of both his offensive and defensive threepoint lines, as if he’d step on a mine if he entered inside. The other, a 6-foot-7 specimen who towered above the shorter students, fiercely drove to the basket, buckled down on his man defensively and played the pickup game with a serious determination to win. Player No. 1: former Terrapin basketball player James Gist, who had been drafted by the San Antonio Spurs not a month earlier. Player No. 2: Landon Milbourne, the Terps’ junior starting forward, pushing himself even against inferior competition. “As far as preseason and working out and playing pickup, the older guys that put in a lot of work are the guys who thrive on the offensive end,” Milbourne said. Coming into this season, coach Gary Williams saw something new when he looked at Milbourne. The small forward hadn’t gained or lost weight; he didn’t have any new tattoos; and he still had the

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Milbourne’s athleticism was evident Saturday against Northwood. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

Meeting goals Zusi, Yates have taken major strides BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

The night before the Terrapin men’s soccer team’s Oct. 31 game at Virginia, coach Sasho Cirovski held a private meeting with midfielder Graham Zusi at the team’s hotel. Cirovski knew the No. 5 Terps would need more production from the team’s active career scoring leader, who had been struggling up to that point with his switch from forward to midfielder, if they wanted to get good results in their final two games of the regular season. The two watched game tape for about an hour and analyzed what Zusi needed to do to again be the kind of offensive threat he was during his sophomore year, when he led the team with 11 goals. In the Terps’ two games since — a pair of 2-1 victories over Virginia and North Carolina — Zusi, along with fellow formerly slumping midfielder Drew Yates, has responded in a big way. The pair has scored three of the Terps’ last four goals. After scoring the gamewinning goal on a 68thminute penalty kick against the Cavaliers, a goal that



ensured the Terps (15-3-0, 6-2 ACC) would finish second in the conference, Zusi struck again last Friday against the Tar Heels. With the game tied 1-1 in the 35th minute, Zusi received a pass about 20 yards from net in the middle of the field and blasted it toward the left post. The ball nicked off the inside of the post and trickled into the back of the net, giving Zusi the game-winner in back-toback contests. For the senior — one of two Terps to play regularly for the 2005 national championship team — it was a fitting moment in his final career regular season game. “It went by fast,” Zusi said. “It seems like yesterday, I was a freshman coming in playing along[side] Jason Garey and all those other guys. But, I mean, it went by incredibly fast, and I want to draw this one out as long as possible.” Thanks to his meeting with Cirovski and subsequent

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